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A wild male Black Grouse (Lyrurus tetrix) guarding his patch. Taken last week near Aviemore, Cairngorms National Park. Due to the fast moving storm clouds and non-stop rain, interspersed by fleeting moments of clear sky, there were many interesting changes of light during the 30 minutes or so of dawn shooting.

Many thanks for your support of my last upload with a special thank you to Adrian(tomcat) for the User Award - all very much appreciated Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS II USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:16 Apr 2013 - 6:25 AM
Focal Length:500mm taken19.2m from subject, tripod
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:-1.0
ISO:1600
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:The Sentinel
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:24 Apr 2013 - 9:46 AM
Tags:Aviemore, Black grouse, Gamebird, Lyrurus tetrix, Male, Rain, Scottish highlands, Sentinel, Wild, Wildlife / nature
Votes:68

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2013 - 9:49 AM

This is superb Sylvia - I went to Corrymony to see them lekking but they were so far away I didn't get anything even half decent! You've got a beauty here!
Ann

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silverbells
24 Apr 2013 - 9:54 AM

Fantastic shot - the rain really makes it special
Erica

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2168 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2013 - 10:17 AM

I am so enjoying your Grouse series...all spectacularGrinGrinGrin

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senn
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24 Apr 2013 - 10:18 AM

great grouse capture here, .. immaculate image despite poor light condition

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Shane136
Shane136  1163 forum posts United Kingdom
24 Apr 2013 - 10:23 AM

cracking shot as always Grin

Shane

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2013 - 10:44 AM

fantastic detail sylvia brilliant colours and comp a stunner top shot Wink
andy

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TonyDy
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24 Apr 2013 - 11:13 AM

Fantastic shot, Sylvia.
Tony

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mugshotmyk
24 Apr 2013 - 11:39 AM

Clearly this took some taking and involved a long walk and great patience. It's also very very well executed. Should gain a bucketful of votes and so here's one from me. Well done.

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M_squared
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24 Apr 2013 - 12:21 PM

Another brilliant image.

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2013 - 12:36 PM

Another top notch shot in a natural setting and under difficult circumstances, Sylvia: your work is always a pleasure to view and is so inspiring.
Ronnie.

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Daisymaye
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24 Apr 2013 - 1:25 PM

Isn't he a beauty. So well captured Sylvia......Sandy

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chalkhillblue
chalkhillblue e2 Member 5143 forum postschalkhillblue vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2013 - 1:50 PM

A beauty, very well captured Sylvia.
David

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tonyng
tonyng e2 Member 4tonyng vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2013 - 3:05 PM

Superb image. Its the eye contact that does it for me.

Last Modified By tonyng at 24 Apr 2013 - 3:06 PM

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boov
boov  1 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2013 - 3:18 PM

Lovely shot this....

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mauriceegan
24 Apr 2013 - 4:18 PM

Wonderful image Sylvia
Maurice

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4546 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2013 - 4:38 PM

Great shot !!!

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AnnJ
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24 Apr 2013 - 5:27 PM

Well done Sylvia, makes that early morning rise, hassle at the airport and wind and rain all so worth while!! Super shot, you must be thrilled and rightly so. Hope the trip to the Farne Islands goes even better. Ann.

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6228 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2013 - 5:52 PM

A big thank you to Pete for the HC and to Tony(tonyng) for his UA Smile. All really appreciated, along with the comments and votes.

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PhilSingleton
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24 Apr 2013 - 6:22 PM

Super shot Sylvia - feel sorry for the very wet grouse !

Phil.

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Maiwand
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24 Apr 2013 - 6:26 PM

Stunning shot Sylvia. Excellent.GrinGrin
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Greyheron
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24 Apr 2013 - 6:40 PM

Wonderful camerawork and compositional structure - those colours and pose are to die for...

Mike

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24 Apr 2013 - 6:51 PM

Wonderful work Sylvia and well done with the HC Smile

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Buddhadev
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25 Apr 2013 - 3:05 PM

Nice shot... !!

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almiles
almiles  438 forum posts United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
25 Apr 2013 - 6:39 PM

Love the contrast between the detailed lower 1/3 and the blurred distance. The ground sits perfectly on the join and in comical pose, pin sharp with beautiful water drops on the feathers. Magnificent Sylvia! Smile

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25 Apr 2013 - 8:10 PM

Another gem Sylvia - a great detailed pose- and I like the detailed ridge breaking into the perfect bg.
Brian.

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26 Apr 2013 - 1:30 PM

An outstanding image of this handsome gamebird taken in inclement weather conditions, the detail in the plumage is immaculate

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rogerdoger
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27 Apr 2013 - 8:57 PM

Brilliant shot Sylvia. This is the best shot of the black grouse so far. Love the rain falling.
Roger

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